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Oxford scientists map global spread of HIV for first time

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For the first time, an international team of scientists from the European Society for Translational Antiviral Research has mapped the spread of the HIV virus around the globe after it reached the United States in the early 1970s.

The major study, published in the Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases (MEEGID), finds that HIV travelled from the US to Western Europe on a number of occasions, whereas Central and Eastern Europe remained isolated for the most part of the early epidemic.

Analysis of thousands of genome sequences shows that geopolitical events such as the fall of the Iron Curtain had a big impact on human migration patterns within Europe and thus the spread of the virus through the continent.

Music festival could save lives

This afternoon's update.

A music festival that could save lives is taking place in Dorset this Friday and Saturday. Henfest aims to raise awareness about organ donation.

Some of the performers have either had - or need - transplants - Including a remarkable 21-year-old who will die unless he gets new lungs. This report from Kerry Swain.

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The singer who needs a double lung transplant

A music festival that could save lives is taking place in Dorset this Friday and Saturday. Henfest aims to raise awareness about organ donation.

Some of the performers have either had - or need - transplants, Including a remarkable 21-year old who will die unless he gets new lungs. He has compiled this video. Full report by Kerry Swain later this afternoon,

The link to the Charity, Art and and Beer Festival is here.

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£80,000 compensation for Connor Sparrowhawk family

Connor drowned in a bath Credit: ITV

The family of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned after an epileptic seizure, is to receive £80,000 "by way of compensation for its unlawful acts and omissions."

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has accepted full responsibility for the death of Connor and has admitted that it was negligent and violated both Connor’s and his family’s human rights.

He died at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire.

'Someone's going to die' - kidney patient warns as MPs meet with failing private ambulance service

'People will die'. That's the warning today from a patient who says she's missed three of her last four hospital appointments because her ambulance has failed to turn up.

Coperforma - which has been running the patient transport service in Sussex since April - has been heavily criticised.

MPs say it will improve but one patients' group says an elderly man due to go into hospital to undergo urgent tests died at the weekend after his ambulance failed to arrive. At this stage its not known if this was a contributing factor.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to kidney patient Sara Whalley and MP Huw Merriman.

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